Last night the Mets and the Brewers agreed on a deal that sent Francisco Rodriguez and $5 million to Milwaukee in exchange for two players to be named later. It was a deal that was pretty much a straight money dump ensuring that the Mets wouldn’t get stuck with his $17.5 million vesting option for next season.
It is the type of deal that the Yankees themselves have pulled off many times over the past 10 years or so. However this time they weren’t involved. Instead they actually rejected a similar offer for K-Rod, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Sherman said that the Yankees reasoning is that with Rafael Soriano expected back in the next week or so they would have had to use one of them in the seventh inning role. A move that they didn’t want to make.
Money was almost definitely a factor as well though. The $5 million that the Mets sent along with him to Milwaukee just about covers the amount he is owed this year, but there is also a $3.5 million buyout that he is owed after the season. That is quite a hefty amount to shell out relative to how much they would have to pay other relievers on the trade market.
It is a bit disappointing to hear that the Yankees could have gotten him for practically nothing and passed. Having one disgruntled closer is probably too much though and adding a second one really makes less sense. Considering how well David Robertson has pitched for them, there really wasn’t a pressing need to get a deal like this done. The Yankees were probably smart to pass.